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Message from Dean Carole Kenner

Welcome to the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science. I am excited and honored to start my tenure as Dean. I was drawn to the School because of its commitment to excellence in education and scholarship. The School has outstanding students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We have tremendous opportunities for interdisciplinary and global work.  A solid foundation has been laid by Dr. Marcia Blicharz who served as Interim Dean for three years. I am very grateful for the tremendous work she did as Dean and am very happy that she has agreed to Co-Chair the Nursing Department along with Professor Susan Mitchell. Dr. Anne Farrell is the Chair of the Health, and Exercise Science (HES) Department.

This year we will focus on increasing the visibility of the two Departments: Health, and Exercise Science and Nursing. We will also focus on increasing our collaborations with Ewing Township and the City of Trenton. We will continue the tradition of gaining opportunities for our students to publish, present papers, and participate in research while completing their undergraduate degrees. These scholarly endeavors lead to greater opportunities for graduate school.

HES collaborates with Shanghai Sports Institute and the University of Europa Madrid for faculty and student exchanges. Dr. Avery Faigenbaum received the honor of being invited by the International Olympic Committee to serve on the youth athletic development committee. Nursing will host Brazilian students and HES will host both Brazilian and Spanish students here this year.

Our academic practice partnerships for the RN to BSN programs with St. Peter’s, Hunterdon, and Capital Health continue to grow. These partnerships, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, are important to increasing the number of New Jersey RNs who have a bachelor’s degree. The Institute of Medicine’s report the Future of Nursing calls for increasing the number of bachelor’s prepared nurses to 80% by 2020 with the current level at about 51%. Nursing’s role in patient safety and quality care has risen to the forefront of healthcare change with the recognition that more education will result in a better prepared workforce to meet the ever increasing complex healthcare needs. TCNJ continues to have high NCLEX pass rates and the certification pass rate for the master’s track-Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) was 100% this past year.

For more information about the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science or if you have any questions or comments about our programs, please use our contact form, e-mail us at or call (609) 771-2591.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Carol Kuser Loser Dean/Professor